It's easy to start your application today.
Go further in your career with a master's in electrical engineering. Graduate with the knowledge, skills and personal network you'll need to succeed.
The MS in Electrical Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering is an advanced engineering degree that prepares you for further academic study or a career in industry.
As part of your studies, you'll dive deep into key focus areas within the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering: applied physics, devices and circuits, systems science, and signals and imaging. Our program is flexible enough for a broad survey of focus areas within the field while still allowing for a survey of areas outside of the department.
Students may choose either the thesis or course-only option, which both require completion of 30 credit hours. A minimum of 15 of these units must be selected from the following list of core electrical engineering subjects taught by the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering.
|Course Number||Course Name|
|ESE 415, 513, 516, 519||Optimization|
|ESE 520-529||Applied probability category|
|ESE 530-539||Applied physics and electronics category|
|ESE 540-549||Control category|
|ESE 550-559, 5590-5599||Systems category|
|ESE 560-569||Computer engineering|
|ESE 570-579||Communications category|
|ESE 580-589, 591-596, 5931-5933||Signal and image processing category|
|ESE 599||Master's research (thesis-option only)|
Refer to the University Bulletin for the specific requirements for this degree.
The remaining courses in the program may be selected from senior- or graduate-level courses in ESE or elsewhere in the university. Courses outside of ESE must be in technical subjects relevant to electrical engineering and require the department's approval. Undergraduate Laboratory courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
- At least 15 units of the 30 total units applied toward the MSEE degree must be in ESE courses which, if cross-listed, have ESE as the home department.
- Regardless of subject or level, all transfer courses are treated as electives and do not count toward the core requirements for the degree.
Any course numbered 401 or greater in the engineering, physics or mathematics departments, excluding the exceptions listed below, are approved by the department as electives.
These courses are NOT approved by the department as electives:
- Any general engineering course
- Undergraduate lab courses
- Any undergraduate research, independent study, senior design or capstone course
Requests for exceptions to this policy may be submitted to the department chair with the approval of the academic advisor of the student.
Suggested Academic Requirements for Prospective Students
It is recommended that incoming students earn a baccalaureate degree in engineering or another STEM-related degree. In earning that degree, it is recommended that students take the following upper-level courses:
- Calculus Sequence and Differential Equations
- Probability and Statistics
- Engineering Mathematics
- Matrix Algebra
- Introductory Computer Science
- Signals and Systems
- Circuits/ Electrical Networks
Become a leader in your field
Graduates of this program go on to further their studies, pursue internships and land positions in industry as engineers, researchers and software engineers for diverse companies such as Amazon, Bank of China, Boeing, Bosch, Citigroup, Facebook, Google, Huawei Technologies, Nvidia, SpaceX and Tesla.
St. Louis has been named one of the nation's best cities for startups by Forbes magazine. Gain the knowledge to move up in your company or the expertise build your own.
ResourcesFor more information about our academic programs, contact Francesca Allhoff at
314-935-4830 or email@example.com.
- Academic Information & Policies
- Financial Information
- International Students
E60 505: Communication Tools for Academic and Professional Success
The McKelvey School of Engineering requires all incoming international students who submit a TOEFL or IETLS score or has not obtained a minimum of three years of education in the U.S. to take a course in communication. This new course was first offered in Fall of 2018. This course does not cost extra for full-time students and is not counted toward the degree or the GPA.